Arcando (2013) performance at the Sonic Arts Research Centre’s 2013 Showcase Concert
Arcando creates a dialogue between the hidden sound worlds of both the instrument and the computer. The nature of the relationship between the saxophone and the laptop is explored, as the laptop provides the opportunity of ‘freezing’ a particular moment in time in a way that almost allow the instrument to accompany itself. Capturing moments in time also allows a deeper concentration on the subtleties and nuances of the saxophone’s spectral content, creating a soundscape of frozen events and a structure with which the instrument can interact. As the coil microphone unveils otherwise inaudible electromagnetic activity, the laptop takes on the additional role of accompanying instrument and also provides harmonic material. Arcando was composed in collaboration with saxophonist Franziska Schroeder.